Natahan Einbinder is a fourth year PhD candidate at the Colegio de la Frontera Sur, in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico whose research looks at agroecological scaling (adoption, maintenance, and extension processes) and the importance of local culture in the Maya Achí territory of Guatemala.
Later this week, the European Network of Soil Awareness will hold its sixth meeting in The Netherlands. CCRI’s Jane Mills has been invited as an expert to the event.
CCRI researcher Julie Ingram was joined by PhD Kamilla Skaalsveen last week at the Wageningen Soil Conference in the Netherlands.
Julie Ingram and Lisa Lobry de Bruyn (University of New England) are guest editors of a special edition of the journal Soil Use and Management, featuring a number of papers with that are authored by CCRI researchers.
2019 has started well for PhD student Kamilla Skaalsveen, with the publication of her first article which reviewed existing literature on the effects of farming practices on water quality and retention.
For the past five years, the RECARE project has been working with stakeholders across Europe to develop a new way of saving the soil. As the project ends, it is presenting the accumulated learning from its research to policymakers in the cities, regions and nations of Europe as well as international bodies.
The urgency of this mission is underscored by recent UN reports highlighting the role that agriculture plays in climate change and how sustainable agriculture is going to be necessary to secure food production as well as liveable landscapes under climatic change.
As the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation uses World Soil Day to raise awareness about soil health, it may come as little surprise to find out that soil doesn’t just impact our food supplies, it also helps clean water and lower risks of floods and droughts. More surprising is the SoilCare team’s efforts to treat profitability for farmers as a central priority – a consideration many research projects on environmental health overlook.
Chris Short is lead author on a newly published paper linked to his work on Natural Flood Management in the Stroud valleys.
Jane Mills attended a Work Package leaders meeting for the SoilCare project at the Milieu offices in Brussels on 14th and 15th November.
Later this week, the final RECARE conference will be taking place in Brussels. Over the last five years, the project has been the focus for three researchers within CCRI. One of these, Matt Reed reflects on RECARE, prior to its culmination.